Luxury travel planner Chloe Johnston talks boutiques, boîtes, and her upcoming Bastille Day bash.
Even as Chloe Johnston readies for a busy summer dreaming up itineraries for jetsetters intent on finding the best flea markets in Paris or top kitchens in New York, the Devon-based brains behind luxury travel firm CJ Tours is adding party planner to her repertoire: On July 12, Johnston will throw a Bastille Day fête with dancing, sparklers, and—naturally—lots of bubbles. Here, the unabashed Francophile shares her favored Philly finds.
A self-described “boutique girl,” Johnston scours the designer racks at Joan Shepp, Jade’s Closet, and Eaves. Bus Stop Boutique is another favorite for its eclectic shoe labels. Horsing Around. Johnston’s favorite hometown fashion event is the fascinator-filled Devon Horse Show and Country Fair: “It’s such a great community event with lots of local boutiques and different designers. And I’m obsessed with the lemon sticks.”
The food is just as important as the fashion on Johnston’s high-end jaunts. Her Philly favorites span three zip codes: Laurel in South Philly, Spring Mill Café in Conshohocken, and Zeppoli in Collingswood, New Jersey. Making Moves. Johnston says that running her business in Philly has its advantages—like the “one-degree connection” that exists between friends, family, and fellow entrepreneurs. “There is definitely a support network [here] for female business owners.”
One thing Philly needs? More vintage boutiques, says Johnston. “The European market still has the advantage.”